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Great start to the road trip

I'm thinking the same thing I'm sure several of you are thinking... I'm slacking... I know it...

Tbirds get another win last night in Chilliwack to start the 7 game road trip. Considering how much the Bruins had been struggling coming into this game, it didn't sound like the Tbirds really played their best game of the season but they did put a season high 50 shots on Bruin goaltender Mark Friesen. So perhaps the chances were there and the finish was not.... either way the game had the potential to be quite disappointing after taking a 1-0 lead in the first, giving up the lead in the 2nd and having the 50 shots on goal.

Thanks to the shootout and the finish of Jim O'Brien the Tbirds get the trip off to a 2 point start and the fact is, it really doesn't matter what it looked like... its a 2 point road game. Now starts the real challenge as the Tbirds travel to Prince Albert to face the Raiders on Tuesday before driving back down the 11 to Saskatoon for the Blades on Wednesday.

For perspective.... the drive from Chilliwack to Prince Albert is 1060 miles. Not sure if the team is going all the way to PA or if they are staying somewhere in between. Either way... it's a long trip in the bus which is why these road trips are so difficult regardless of the teams you are playing. I would expect Tuesday to be really tough due to the travel, Saskatoon is a good team but has been totally average at home at 5-5-1 so that could be a place to earn a point or two. After a day off you might find a point or two in Regina who have only won in regulation 7 times in 13 games... but at Brandon the next day is a talented team and after 4 games in 5 days I would expect the Birds to run out of gas for that game on Saturday. After a few days off they should certainly get a point or two in Moose Jaw before facing a tough Swift Current team who is 9-3 at home.

Based on that... I'm looking at 5 points in 6 games as being a pretty decent road trip.


Anonymous said...

They made their stop in Calgary

Anonymous said...

The team had dinner at Hickey's family house. I hope this will be a great team bonding road trip.

Anonymous said...

Drove up for the game, and other than the 5 minute stretch (just before their first and a little after their goals) the birds were ABSOLUTELY dominant in this game. Friesen stood on his head and break-danced his way to 46 saves in regulation/ot and all but Jimmy's goal in the shootout. Speaking of the shootout, Sundher had pickard deked outta his jock, but completely missed the net somehow. it was a close one on the scoresheet but it was anything but. the birds were looking to finish the game throughout the third period as well as OT, and their goalie was the only reason it was close.

Thunnex said...

That is good to know... 50 shots would seem to indicate that you dominated the action but it didn't necessary come across on radio. Plus I may or may not have been having a few beverages while trying to listen to the game as well.

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